fire·​ball·​er | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbȯ-lər \

Definition of fireballer

: a baseball pitcher known for throwing fastballs

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fireballing \ ˈfī(-​ə)r-​ˌbȯ-​liŋ \ adjective

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Now Hicks has replaced Chapman as baseball’s premier fireballer. The St. Louis Cardinals rookie has thrown the three fastest pitches in the majors this season, two of them at 105 mph, and seven of the top 10. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "At 105 mph, Jordan Hicks is MLB's hardest thrower. What does that mean for his future?," 10 July 2018 Black, a fireballer who had to overcome a litany of injuries to reach the majors, struck out 58 batters in 31 2/3 innings with a 2.27 ERA between Class AA and AAA. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Younger, cheaper, better: Giants pull off trade with Rangers that helps now - and in future," 8 July 2018 Neither Smith nor Reyes Moronta, the mid-90s fireballer, were available Thursday as Bochy looks to stretch out the pen for the long run. Jerry Mcdonald, sacbee, "Giants can’t close out homestand with a win as Dyson blows save in the ninth," 28 June 2018 The White Sox are one of major league baseball’s worst teams — 26-51 after Monday night — and have a 6-foot-3 fireballer in their minor-league system. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "White Sox prospect Michael Kopech stopped listening, went from struggling to sizzling," 27 June 2018 Back on May 3, 2014, the then-Rockies infielder victimized erratic fireballer Kyle Farnsworth by hitting a two-run dinger in the ninth to give Colorado a win over the Mets. Staff,, "Nine Innings: The Indians' Surprisingly Bad Bullpen, the State of the NL West and Culberson's Magic," 4 June 2018 Two years ago, Bauer and Indians closer Cody Allen watched as 6-foot-8 Yankees fireballer Dellin Betances carved up Cleveland’s hitters with a fastball that averaged 98 mph. Washington Post, "The Fastball Paradox: With velocity up, fastballs on decline," 19 June 2018 Also returning is fireballer Lane Flamm of New Richmond who will throw at Xavier despite getting a pro offer while the MLB draft was ongoing. Scott Springer,, "Locals hope for another Connie Mack World Series title for Midland Redskins," 13 June 2018 After all, the Yankees got top prospect Gleyber Torres from the Cubs for half a year of fireballer Aroldis Chapman and the Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and two others for 2½ years of Andrew Miller. Jeff Sanders,, "AL shopping guide: Taking stock of buyers' inventories," 19 July 2017

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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